The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #39787   Message #565829
Posted By: sed
05-Oct-01 - 03:47 PM
Thread Name: What if there wasn't music????
Subject: RE: What if there wasn't music????
Although it may seem unprofessional I love street singing, or as some call it: busking. At Five Points South in Birmingham, Alabama I found a good streetsinging venue for several years (mostly in the 1980's) but as the gentrification turned a buck in every corner canned music began to pollute the once-receptive ambiance. Last time I was there three businesses were playing music from loudspeakers all at the same time. Only the loudest, brashest (insensitive? drunk?) street performer could compete with that. For me it just wasn't any fun at all. I heard a show on NPR recently which reported that unpleasant music was used in several commercial spaces to drive away skateboarders and other people considered by merchants to be undesirable. Social engineering can use/abuse anything. Sad that this can happen in a supposed democracy like the US.